Whistleblower complaint alleging Trump misbehavior delivered to Congress

Whistleblower complaint alleging Trump misbehavior delivered to Congress

Whistleblower complaint alleging Trump misbehavior delivered to Congress

Maguire is testifying to the Committee on the whistleblower report released by a congressional panel on Thursday which said Trump used his office to solicit Ukraine's interference in the 2020 election to advance his personal political interests, risking USA national security.

"Multiple US officials told me that the Ukrainian leadership was led to believe that a meeting or phone call between the President and President Zelenskyy would depend on whether Zelenskyy showed willingness to "play ball" on issues that had been publicly aired by Mr. Lutsensko and Mr. Giuliani", the whistleblower claimed.

The unclassified version was released ahead of a House Intelligence Committee hearing where the acting director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire is scheduled to testify.

According to the memorandum, Trump told Zelenskiy during the July 25 conversation that he would have U.S. Attorney General William Barr and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani call him regarding Biden's involvement in the dismissal of Ukraine's prosecutor-general.

House leader Nancy Pelosi said in her weekly press conference that the Ukraine call would be the "focus" of the impeachment inquiry moving forward.

"I think first of all, in this particular case there's not going to be that much information to have put together".

Lawmakers will grill spymaster Joseph Maguire over his weeks-prolonged extend in turning over a whistleblower criticism to Congress, leading as soon as-cautious Home Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry and igniting a political firestorm.

Maguire also told members of the House committee that he was working with the whistleblower's lawyers to ensure they could appear before Congress and he pledged not to take any action to block their testimony.

Another such person said the lawmakers did not learn the identity of the whistleblower.

Among the actions outlined in the complaint was a summer phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for help investigating Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner. Atkinson determined that the whistle-blower complaint was both credible and urgent. Schiff asked, a reference to President Trump's characterization of the official whose August 12 letter to the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees touched off the probe that is evolving into an impeachment inquiry.

Trump has downplayed the significance of the complaint, claiming the whistleblower is partisan and his conversations with foreign leaders are "appropriate". Ron Johnson, who was among the group of lawmakers invited to the White House Wednesday morning to read the memorandum before it was released to the public.

"Our democracy has been corrupted by this president who used his power, his personal interests in his campaign to basically bribe another country into investigating one of his opponents", Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) said on Yahoo Finance's "YFiAM". The complaint's author also said that POTUS had allegedly pressured his Ukrainian counterpart into assisting in uncovering information that could prove that purported interference in the 2016 presidential election had "originated in Ukraine".

"Secretary of State Pompeo received permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call I had with their President". Ben Sasse, a GOP member of the Senate intelligence panel who has been an occasional critic of Trump. "I have upheld my responsibility to follow the law every step of the way in the matter that is before us today". Atkinson disagreed but said his hands were tied.

The whistleblower also wants to testify before the committee, according to Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

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